Ashfield Junior School



Our school attendance target is 97%

At Ashfield Junior School, we strive to promote good attendance by actively encouraging the development of a positive, nurturing, stimulated school environment where children, parents and carers feel welcome, safe and secure.


The Year 3/4 gate and Years 5/6 doors open at 8:35am, school starts at 8:45am for all children. Registers closes at 9:00am.


We ask parents and carers to notify school before 9.00am if their child is going to be absent by using the attendance line. Please leave a message stating your child’s name, class and reason for absence.

If a child is absent from school and we have not had any contact from the parent or carer, school will contact parents and carers via telephone.  If a child is absent from school and we are unable to make contact with the parent or carer, a home visit may take place to speak with the parent.


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Children who attend school regularly are more likely to:

  • Achieve and reach their full potential.
  • Be more resilient.
  • Be able to develop strong social skills and friendships.

What is an unauthorised absence?

  • An unauthorised mark is recorded for holidays taken in term time.
  • If a child arrives at school after the register has closed.
  • If the reason given for absence is not deemed to be accurate or genuine.

 A child who has an attendance of less than 90% is at risk of being a persistent absentee. If your child’s attendance is of concern, you may be invited into school to discuss the issues.

In serious cases, the Local Authorities Access and Inclusion Officer Mrs Julie Topping will be informed.

Attendance is closely monitored by the Governing Body.

Mrs Sibbald deals with attendance matters and can be contacted by email – [email protected] or by telephoning the school office 01900 604565.


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